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Hell Of The West Race Wrap (Official)

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Thanks to Tim Richards from HOTW.

Heavenly conditions see the Hell of the West race records smashed

The 27th edition of the E&E Waste Hell of the West saw heavenly conditions greet competitors for the swim start in the early hours of Sunday Morning. It was the deepest professional field the HOTW had seen in it’s 27 years and boy did they light up the course with some super fast times.

In the opens men’s, super fish Josh Amberger led the 2km swim in 26:39 mins, but hot on his heals were newcomer Max Neumann and former surf ironman Lindsey Lawry. Once on the bike it was evident it was going to be a 4 person race as Jake Montgomery joined the group of 3 continued to push the pace.

It was perfect conditions for a fast bike split with a slight winds until the head wind picked up late on their 40km trip back to town. It was here Jake made his move and opened up a small gap into T2. In doing so Jake broke Tim Reed’s bike course record by over 2 mins. Then it came down to the run and while Jake was running well Max was running better and took the lead coming into the final lap.

Max went on to clock an impressive 1:09:51 and smash the course record by 2 minutes with a 3:31:28. Jake was only 48 seconds behind for second place while Josh rounded out the podium with a 3:37:28.

The women’s race on the other hand was all one way traffic as Sarah Crowley went on the rampage to dominate the field from the gun to the finishing tape. This was Sarah’s 5th HOTW title and only 6 seconds from her race recorded she set in her 2017 win. Sarah’s time of 3:58:09 gave her a 6 minute victory to USA athlete Skye Monech, and Fawn Whiting who came home in 3rd place with fastest run split and a overall time of 4:10:39.

In the age group competition their was plenty of close racing as athletes battled for not only the HOTW title but also the Triathlon Queensland Long Course Gold medal. There where many notable performances across all age groups but the two fastest times went to Emily Donker with 4:14:59 and 35-39yr athlete Jarrod Owen in 3:58:04. But its often the back of the packers that provide the most inspiration to us all, as every athlete has their own individual challenges to reach the HOTW finish line.

The recovery tent catered for over 500 athletes as they refuel and shared stories of the emotions they had just experienced in finishing what is known as Qld toughest triathlon. As we say “Only a HOTW competitor knows the feeling”.

This year also saw 250+ competitors enjoy the GTH+ Super Saturday events that included the Hell Kids Triathlon, Firestarter enticer Triathlon and Gundy inferno 5k and 10k charity runs. This was a huge success that was well supported by many local competitors tackling their first ever event.

The HOTW committee and the Goondiwindi Triathlon Club would like to thank all competitors for coming to race our much loved event. And also a special thanks to the 300+ volunteers and many sponsors that make this event what it is “The Friendliest but Toughest Triathlon around” .

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